Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci resigns

Acer Inc.’s press release, verbatim:

Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci has resigned from the company, with immediate effect. Acer Chairman J.T. Wang takes acting role in the interim. The company has commenced with the planning of organizational and operational adjustments for the sustainable future of Acer.

The resignation was approved at a meeting of Acer’s Board of Directors today, and the company has communicated internally with its worldwide employees.

On the company’s future development, Lanci held different views from a majority of the board members, and could not reach a consensus following several months’ of dialog. They placed different levels of importance on scale, growth, customer value creation, brand position enhancement, and on resource allocation and methods of implementation.

The change does not affect current operations which are functioning as normal. Acer’s strong management team of multi-nationals has been well-informed and is committed to overseeing and implementing the company strategies, as does the amicable company relations with industry partners persist. Acer will continue to push for globalization, follow its multi-brand and channel business model, develop competitive products and services, and foster closer relations with key vendors and channel partners.

Acer Chairman, J.T. Wang expresses, “The personal computer remains the core of our business. We have built up a strong foundation and will continue to expand within, especially in the commercial PC segment. In addition, we are stepping into the new mobile device market, where we will invest cautiously and aim to become one of the leading players.”

“In this new ICT industry,” continued Wang, “Acer needs a period of time for adjustment. With the spirit of entrepreneurship, we will face new challenges and look to the future with confidence.”

In his role as President and CEO, Lanci has contributed significantly toward Acer’s growth. The company expresses its true appreciation for Lanci’s efforts and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.

Source: Acer Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: “We hope our tablet PCs can reach a global market share of 10-20% initially, and become the market leader in two to three years.” – Acer’s then CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci, November 2010

“Sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.” – Acer to Gianfranco Lanci, March 2011

Related article:
Acer chief: Our tablets will overtake Apple’s iPad – November 26, 2010


  1. Acer, ever looking backward. I knew they were dead when the actually paid money for the Gateway operation. Paid it to a Korean shell company scheme who got it from that lucky goof Ted Waitt.

  2. “With the spirit of entrepreneurship, we will face new challenges and look to the future with confidence.”

    I love it, although that last phrase should really include, “going forward.”

  3. Sad to say I have one of their Aspire One netbooks. I can see why the iPad will beat them every time. Any netbook running Windows will inherit Microsoft’s problems, as mine has. That and the dismal specs on it mean that crashes happen about 2-3 times per movie, even in VLC. Won’t crash on a stream though.

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